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Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival near Hiroshima

September 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

If you missed the Onomichi Lantern Festival on the 13th, or you were blown away by it and wanted more, the Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival may be just what you’re seeking. These autumn lantern and candle festivals are increasingly popular around western Japan since they’re such an excellent way to show off a town’s historic […]

Onomichi Lantern Festival Near Hiroshima

September 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Onomichi’s Lantern Festival (Onomichi Akari Matsuri) makes for a perfect way to see this jewel of a small city and its historic temple district. Some 30,000 paper lanterns light the way along a path which carries you past some of the town’s best sights, laid out (according to the website) along the principles of Feng […]

Ghibli Expo Hiroshima: From Nausicaä to Marnie

August 28, 2018 by Matt Mangham

It’s no secret that one of Japan’s chief exports is its popular culture, and the films of Studio Ghibli rank high with pop culture aficionados around the world. Ghibli’s twenty-one feature films (the Expo includes Nausicaä, which will be controversial to some purists) offer something for everyone, spanning material from the brutal Grave of the […]

Full Moon Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en in Hiroshima

August 28, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Tsukimi, or Moon Viewing, is a Japanese tradition going back to the Heian period, when portions of the old Chinese mid-Autumn festivals blended with local practices to create one more reason for the aristocracy of Kyoto to stay up all night. The classic portrayal of the Heian Moon Viewing Party includes courtesans reclining in small […]

Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2018

July 30, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Both of my daughters have attended and enjoyed this wonderful local film festival for their entire lives. If you’re living in Hiroshima, or are lucky enough to be passing through town between the August 23 and 27, you have to make time in your schedule to drop by, if only for an hour or so. […]

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